Travis Stover; Linda
Whitfield and Carl Banks, all of Pine Bluff, AR, surrendered to the Arkansas
State Police (ASP) Oct. 3 after charges were filed against them in connection
with an investigation of the drivers testing office in Pine Bluff.
The ASP Criminal Investigation
Division investigation, which ran from late 2000 through early 2001, revealed
43 CDLs and five regular driver's licenses allegedly were issued fraudulently.
Stover, Whitfield and
Banks are charged with 48 counts of forgery, a Class C felony, and 48 counts
of public servant bribery, a Class D felony. They face three to 10 years in
prison and/or a fine up to $10,000 for each Class C felony count and up to
six years in prison and/or a fine up to $10,000 for each Class D felony count.
Stover and Whitfield were state employees who administered driving tests,
and Banks was an independent CDL training assistant.